It rises it falls, it warms and it burns but how much do you really think about the sun beyond its lack of appearance in the English summers?
This Centre of the Solar System star is approximately 93 million miles away from earth- so what harm could it possibly do? Given that if the sun was empty it could fit around 960,000 earths inside it, potentially a lot of harm can be caused should something go wrong, and we are not talking about a red face and a bit of peeling.
The last major solar flare erupted on the sun in September 1859 over the course of a few minutes releasing energy equivalent to 10 billion Hiroshima bombs exploding at the same time.
The earth is on average in the path of one of these Solar Storms every 150 years – putting us 5 years overdue.
Solar Super Storms are a frightening reality that could have a severe and crippling impact on Earth. Ashley Dale, a PhD student from Bristol University, has written a mind-blowing article on this space phenomenon over at Physics World